Depending on the severity of the break, your family doctor or the emergency room physician might refer you or your child to a doctor who specializes in injuries of the body's musculoskeletal system (orthopedic surgeon).
What you can do
Make a list that includes:
- Details about your or your child's symptoms and the incident that caused them
- Information about past medical problems
- All the medications and dietary supplements you or your child takes
- Questions to ask the doctor
For a broken arm, questions to ask your doctor include:
- What tests are needed?
- What is the best course of action?
- Is surgery necessary?
- What restrictions will need to be followed?
- Do you recommend seeing a specialist?
- What pain medications do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask other questions.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you questions, including:
- Did the symptoms come on suddenly?
- What caused the symptoms?
- Did an injury trigger the symptoms?
- How severe are the symptoms?
- What, if anything, seems to improve the symptoms?
- What, if anything, appears to worsen the symptoms?